There’s a cure for having “a case of the Mondays” and all you need to do is visit a local shoreline to find it. During Corporate Cleanup Month this past fall, nearly 200 workplace champions led cleanups that fostered important shoreline stewardship. Shoreline cleanups are a meaningful way for staff to work together as a team, connect to their community and make a positive impact on the environment.

Teams from George Brown, Loblaw, Ricoh Canada, OLG, HSBC, TELUS, Coca Cola, Rogers, P&G and many others joined a memorable season of cleanups.

Here are a few highlights from the season:

  • More than 5,500 kg of litter removed.
  • Nearly 25,000 cigarette butts collected.
  • Nearly 5,000 employees protected their local shorelines
  • Volunteers found a wallet and returned it to the owner.
  • Unusual finds included a picnic basket, a message in a bottle and a plastic skeleton leg.
  • Last but not least, countless species of wildlife benefited from cleaner shorelines.

In 2017, Corporate Cleanup participants removed close to 25,000 cigarette butts from shorelines across Canada.

Close to 5,000 employees turned out to clean shorelines this year. And wow, they rose to the challenge! Thanks to workplace leadership across Canada for making Corporate Cleanup Month, with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup,  a huge success.

National sponsor Ricoh Canada held cleanups this fall and spring.

Are you looking for more ways to engage with your office team? We challenge you to lead a corporate cleanup in your community, any time of the year, anywhere land connects to water. Try opening it up to the public; it might surprise you who lends a hand. We also encourage you to join WWF’s Living Planet @ Work for even more green business ideas and free tools to empower and engage employees.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. Find out more at


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